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Treating A Brain Aneurysm
MRI and MRA brain: Yes, an MRI can visualize blood vessels but not well; an MRA (MR angiogram) is the optimal MR test. It uses gadolinium which is not a radio-iodine and is not kidney toxic. Gadolinium can be eliminated slowly however, if a person has kidney impairment, and then the gadolinium can enter dermal tissues. Radiologists are aware. ...Read more
Great question: This is actually an area of great interest for research. Smoking is thought to contribute to weaknening of the arteries and this is an important risk factor. We are actually pursuing research on hormones and their role in the strength of blood vessels. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation or bulging of the wall of the blood vessel. If that dilated segment becomes very fragile and thin it can rupture due to the pressure of the blood and bleeding occurs into the brain. This bleeding can cause spasm of surrounding vessels. But most of the vessels do not become "occluded". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Congenital: Variety of benign congenital brain vessel malformations, include venous angioma, small aneurysmal dilatations, arteriovenous malformations, even hemangiomas. But any of the above can cause great mischief under a variety of circumstances, so you need to discuss with your doctor what the findings truly mean for your future. ...Read more
Raynauds: By definition arterial spasms induced by cold. Can occur independently of other conditions or as part of other diseases. Thermaly speaking temperature in brain fairly constant. That are other conditions including vascular headaches which occur based on vasospasm with frequently other causes such as diet and smoking. ...Read more
Very concerning: When a blood vessel bursts inside the brain, it bleeds into the surrounding space (or tissue). That causes increased pressure to surrounding structures which can cause significant damage. Smaller bleeds may cause less damage - unless they happen in more vital areas. Large bleeds sometimes need surgery. ...Read more
Stroke : Hi, strokes are cause by a loss of oxygen to a part of the brain causing that part of the brain to die. There are 2 types of stroke; ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic is caused by blocking a blood vessel. Hemorrhage is caused by a vessel bleeding. Thus, the blood is diverted away from the brain and it dies. One can have bleeds without stroke, if the brains blood supply is not compromised. ...Read more
I had a MRI done on my spine and brain. And it came back abnormal. I am asked to do a angiogram, wht could this mean. I have a cluster or blood vessel?
Answering why: Most doctors rule out or ensure the absence of life threatening events. A typical problem with a tumor that is cancerous is "angiogenesis" which is developement of new blood vessels. It does not mean that a cancer is there. It means that bads things are ensured to not be there. ...Read more
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